Despite Donald Trump's claims that Kim Jong Un would denuclearize, his own Defense Intelligence Agency reportedly believes that North Korea has no intention of ending its nuclear program. "One, in the last eight months you haven't seen missile launches", she added, referring to North Korea's former habit of provocatively testing ballistic missiles.
Sung Kim, an ambassador to South Korea between 2011 and 2014 and a nuclear negotiator with the North during previous talks, has taken on a key role in dialogue with Pyongyang in recent months. All of Asia is thrilled. "Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining", he tweeted. It seems North Korea is only speeding up the pace at which it can build more nuclear weapons.
Immediately following the summit, Trump also announced the US was canceling a major joint military exercise with South Korea scheduled for August, Ulchi Freedom Guardian - even calling it a "war game", and "provocative" - the same language used by North Korea and China.
South Korea media reported on Sunday that Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean officials on Sunday at the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas to coordinate an agenda for Pompeo's next visit to North Korea.
"We don't have any announcements or plans to roll out at this point", Sanders said.
National security adviser John Bolton, who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, said he wouldn't comment on US intelligence but emphasized the USA will not be duped by the Kim regime, which has so often acted in bad faith.
Pompeo last visited Pyongyang in May ahead of the Trump-Kim summit and traveled there secretly in early April while he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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In the joint statement, North Korea committed to work toward "complete denuclearization" and the U.S. promised a security guarantee for the reclusive regime. One of his goals: a declaration of specific steps North Korea can take to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.
Mr Chang said that Kim Jong-un may now believe he can "push President Trump around".
"The president is essentially taking North Korea's side", he said Tuesday night. USA officials say they are clear-eyed about the North's past behavior in negotiations.
A senior United States intelligence official also said last week that Pyongyang was continuing to "deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles".
"We know exactly what the risks are - them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear, chemical, biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles", he said.
The report, citing unidentified United States officials, said the USA side suspected Kim might try to hide those facilities as negotiations progress.